Men are disturbed not by things but by the viewswhich they take of them.
—Epictetus, AD 60
Bright lights, loud noises, the taste of rocky mountain oysters—there are but a few stimuli that are deemed to be universal stressors and consistently cause anxiety in humans. The rest are in your head.
For instance, let’s look at the activity of skydiving. Some people panic over just the idea of skydiving, but others, rest assured, choose this activity every weekend to relax and get away from the stressors of daily life. Remember, it’s all arbitrary. One man’s source of distress and anxiety is another man’s source of peace and solitude.
That said, are there any situations or predicaments that tend to contribute ...